Pacific Competency

Addressing Family Violence through
Pasefika Cultural Frameworks

Workforce Development

For more information regarding the programme contact:

Akesa Filimoehala-Burling
Ph: 09 869 2433    Ext: 206

To register for a programme click here

The Nga Vaka Conceptual Frameworks inform eight ethnic specific programmes. The programmes provide participants with an in-depth insight to cultural approaches to achieving family wellbeing, especially when dealing with family violence.

This cultural training has been developed to target qualified Pacific practitioners such as social workers, counsellors etc., either working specifically with Pacific families in the area of family violence or who are working with Pacific families and deal with family violence incidences or support as part of their wider work.

The ethnic specific programmes also allow attendance of those who have participated in the Part 1 “Introduction to Family Violence” programme and/or who are Pacific community support workers and members of the Pacific community who have a basic understanding of family violence legislation, data trends around family violence, safety and planning and managing risk for Pacific peoples and their families.

Each ethnic-specific programme is delivered in a combination of one of the ethnic Pacific languages and English.

The programme is FREE, however, due to high demand, limited spaces are available.


  • Description: The ethnic specific programmes give participants an in-depth insight to cultural approaches to family wellbeing when dealing with family violence, specific to one of the eight Pacific nations 
  • What you learn: Cultural approaches to achieving family wellbeing specifically when working with Pacific families impacted by family violence
  • For: Qualified Pacific family violence practitioners and social workers and those work with Pacific victims, perpetrators or their families as part of their wider work
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Preference is given to Pacific practitioners working with Pacific families

Pacific competency ethnic specific family violence training programme information

Programmes Location Venue Dates
Turanga Māori
A Cook Islands Conceptural Framework
Ashburton, South Island TBC 02 - 04 May 2019
A Niuean Conceptual Framework
Porirua, Wellington TBC 21 - 23 March 2019
O le tōfā Mamao
A Samoan Conceptual Framework
Auckland Manukau City, Auckland 06 - 08 Dec 2018
Palmerston North TBC 07 - 09 March 2019
Wellington TBC 04 - 06 April 2019
Kāiga Māopoopo
A Tokelau Conceptual Framework
Rotorua TBC 04 - 06 April 2019
Fofola e fala kae talanoa e kainga
A Tongan Conceptual Framework
Oamaru TBC 07 - 09 Feb 2019
Wellington TBC 21 - 23 March 2019
Toku Fou Tiale
A Tuvalu Conceptual Framework
Oamaru TBC 07 - 09 Feb 2019
Vuvale Sautu
A Fijian Conceptual Framework
Auckland Manukau City, Auckland 09 - 11 May 2019